Definition of decadence in English:

decadence

Syllabification: dec·a·dence
Pronunciation: /ˈdekədəns
 
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noun

  • 1Moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury: he denounced Western decadence
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    • This has been a long-term process of decadence, of culture and of economy.
    • There can be little doubt that we, too, live in a time of cultural and moral decadence.
    • Marriage was a key issue in the last election, with Massachusetts' gay marriages becoming a symbol of alleged blue state decadence and moral decay.
    Synonyms
    dissipation, degeneracy, debauchery, corruption, depravity, vice, sin, moral decay, immorality; immoderateness, intemperance, licentiousness, self-indulgence, hedonismdeterioration, fall, decay, degeneration, decline, degradation, retrogression
  • 1.1Luxurious self-indulgence: “French” connotes richness and decadence, and that’s the idea of this ice cream
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    • Luxurious decadence is mostly wasted on you, Virgos.
    • To sail in luxurious decadence, try the Symphonia, a 112-foot yacht that sleeps ten.
    • It doesn't have that luxurious feeling of decadence like having coffee and scones at 3.30 when everyone else is working.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French décadence, from medieval Latin decadentia; related to decay.

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